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Local roundup: First round goes to Bears, Donahue in ECC boys' tournament

Published February 22. 2013 4:00AM

Stonington - Jackson Donahue had 32 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as seventh-seeded Stonington High School downed No. 10 St. Bernard 80-64 in the first round of the Eastern Connecticut Conference boys' basketball tournament Thursday.

Chris Bovino had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Stonington (12-9) while Jack Dipollino and Timmy Ferraro each scored 10.

Paul Pepas had 18 points for the Saints (9-12) and Phil Jenkins 16.

Stonington will play No. 2 Woodstock Academy at 2 p.m. in Saturday's quarterfinal round at St. Bernard. The other games are No. 1 Ledyard vs. No. 9 Waterford (noon), No. 3 New London vs. No. 6 Bacon Academy (4 p.m.) and No. 4 Windham vs. No. 5 Norwich Free Academy (6 p.m.)

In other games:

• Donny Craig and David Willox each had 14 points as Waterford beat No. 8 Plainfield 59-45 in the ECC tournament. Danny Martin had 12 points for Waterford (13-8). Ryan Pambuku scored 12 for the Panthers (12-9).

• Denzel Lancaster had 20 points to lead NFA past No. 12 Lyman Memorial 66-42 in the ECC tournament. Ryan Lusk scored 17 for NFA (13-8). Ajay Gonnelli had 12 points for the Bulldogs (10-11).

• J'Quan Monroe had 36 points to lead Grasso Tech past Norwich Tech 67-50 in a Constitution State Conference East Division game. Robert Feliciano scored 18 for Grasso (7-12), which would qualify for the CIAC Class S tournament with a home win over Putnam tonight. Dan Paul had 15 points for Norwich Tech (2-18) and Mack Osias scored 13.

Sun sign three

• The Connecticut Sun announced it has signed Ashley Walker, Natasha Lacy and Latoya Williams to training camp contracts. As per team policy, terms were not released.

Lacy is a 5-foot-10 guard who has played 65 career WNBA games with the Washington Mystics, Los Angeles Sparks and Tulsa Shock over the past three seasons. She had 77 points, 25 assists and 42 rebounds in 20 games last season before she was waived by the Mystics on Aug. 26.

Walker is a 6-foot-1 forward out of the University of California who was selected by the Seattle Storm in the first round (12th overall) of the 2009 WNBA Draft after finishing her collegiate career as the only Cal player in program history to record 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 blocks. Walker was limited to 13 games in 2009 because of a broken bone in her foot, and was the last player waived by Seattle in 2010.

Williams is a 6-foot-4 center who earned NJCAA All-American honors in 2008 and 2009 at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla. She is currently averaging 16.7 points per game in Croatia for Novi Zagreb, and has also played professionally in Israel, Serbia, Poland and Greece.

The Connecticut Sun will open its 11th season at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday, May 25, against the New York Liberty at 7 p.m.

Garza honored

• Connecticut College senior Caleb Garza was named to the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference men's squash second team. The Camels will participate in this weekend's College Squash Association Nationals at Yale.

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